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Here are the IoT Top 10 Movers and Shakers

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Earlier in the week we identified the most influential companies working on the Internet of Things (IoT).

Using the same research from the marketing influence platform provider Appinions, let’s take a look at the top ten movers and shakers. Just like the list of top 10 companies, this also holds some surprises — not least of which is the influence of two of the top dogs from HP and BlackBerry.

Can You Name the Top 10 IoT Companies?

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The companies that are leading the Internet of Things (IoT) — now and in the future — are beginning to make themselves known. Appinions, in a recently published report, identified the most influential companies and what is driving them.

It probably comes as no surprise that Apple is at the top of the list, followed by Nest and Google. But there are a number of less expected companies in the mix, including — wait for it — BlackBerry.

Amazon's New Fire Phone Targets Apple

Thumbnail image for 2014-18-June-Amazon-Boxes.jpgAmazon, the company that wants to sell you everything, today introduced a phone that should make that much easier.

The Fire phone is the first smartphone from the Seattle-based retailer. But before you say ho-hum, it's not just the latest sparkly gadget. It's a clear signal that Amazon now has locked onto Apple with its infrared sensors.

Importantly, the phone connects with other Amazon services directly, meaning you'll be able to do quick price checks on 70 million products, choose from 35 million songs, tune in 160 live TV channels or watch 245,000 movies. Bandwidth sold separately, but the first year of Amazon Prime, the company's entertainment service, is included.

How to Mine Gold from the Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has been an idea at the edge of market disruption for some time now, and a lot of companies are jumping into the game.

Google acquired Nest to elbow its way into the smart home market. Samsung is pumping out smart watches at breakneck speed to stake its claim on the wearable tech market. Companies are jockeying to take advantage of technologies like iBeacon in the retail space, and a new NFC payment system seems to pop up in tech news each week. 

And I am sure everyone has seen the weekly rumors about Apple's unconfirmed, unannounced, often speculated smart watch, which is supposed to be its own entry into the wearable market.

Perhaps it's time to stop reminiscing about the "gold in them thar hills" — and start thinking about the gold waiting to be mined in the IoT.

Phone Calls Add Value to Facebook's WhatsApp Deal

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Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp looked a bit smarter today after the fast-growing messaging service announced at the World Mobile Congress that it will add phone calls within the next few months.

The WhatsApp announcement came as a surprise to those attending the mobile conference, where Nokia, Samsung, HTC and other key players also made news. WhatsApp already has 465 million monthly text and voicemail users, but wanted to add a live call service.

"We want to make sure people always have the ability to stay in touch with their friends and loved ones really affordably," WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said at the conference, according to a CNN report from the scene. Koum said the company will roll out the service on Apple and Android phones during the first half of the year, then add the service for Blackberry and Windows phones. 

Amazon Updates Fire OS to 3.1, Announces Cloud Streaming Games

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Kindle Fire users can update their tablets. Amazon is bringing a major refresh to the device's operating system that offers improved management of books, newspapers, magazines and apps.

Also added is Goodreads support, allowing users to find and discuss recommended books, plus second screen support for PlayStation consoles and Samsung TVs to bring video on the big screen.

But the most disruptive news from the giant today comes in the form of AppStream, a new service that allows intensive games or apps to play on any device. This, in time, could threaten premium hardware sales and games console launches.

Pebble Skips On as Majors Stutter in the Smartwatch Battle

Thumbnail image for pebblewatchrange.jpgWhile Samsung and Sony make no noticeable impact on a nascent market with their smartwatch offerings, crowdsourced favorite Pebble continues to make headway. Boasting a new SDK and improved support for iOS 7, a major new update improves its utility as a filter for notifications arriving on your phone and adds features on the software side, including coming FourSquare support.

Android TV to Replace Google TV in Battle For the Smart Set

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While smartphones and tablets have exploded, the smart TV concept has struggled. Sure, people are buying sets, but those extra features and apps have been overlooked thanks to niche stores, complex menus and other customer experience issues. With an upcoming war against Apple and Microsoft, Google is changing its own game. 

Smartphones Grow Curves With the Galaxy Round

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 In vendors' increasingly desperate attempts to differentiate smartphones, we've seen them get larger, smaller, thinner and now curvier, thanks to Samsung's efforts with flexible displays. But what are the advantages of a curved-screen in a smartphone. Korea finds out tomorrow, the rest of the world will have to wait a while. 

Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Packs in the Apps, Arriving 25 September

Galaxy Gear smartwatch Whatever the high hopes for smartwatch technology, first impressions suggest the world isn't quite ready for Star Trek level tech yet, with another Android-based device failing to inspire as the Gear and S Voice technology offer limited interaction and camera capabilities.

Mobile Security For Businesses: Lookout Jumps Onboard

Mobile Enterprise, Mobile Security For Businesses: Lookout Jumps OnboardMobile users in business are worried about security. This much we know. A recent survey found that data loss was a greater concern to IT than malware (75% versus 47%). 

Watch Samsung Unveil the Galaxy Gear Live at Unpacked 2 from IFA Berlin

samsung unpacked galaxy gear smartwatchSamsung takes its shot at smartwatch fame, unveiling the Galaxy Gear and launching several other devices at its second Unpacked event of 2013 from IFA Berlin. You can watch the livestream here. 

Smartwatch Roundup: Galaxy Gear Could Lack Juice as Google Prepares Its Own Watch

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Whatever it looks like, and whatever tech is inside it, Samsung looks like getting a march on most rivals with its smartwatch. But early hints suggest the combination of screen, radios and apps make for a battery hog, while Google has acquired quietly to develop its own product. 

Mobile Roundup, Apple iPhone Trade-Ins, Samsung Galaxy Gear and Note III Event Confirmed

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Apple is trying to make it easier to upgrade to the new iPhone with trade-in deals likely though Apple Stores while Samsung's new smartwatch is ticking down for a major launch event. 

Facebook Helps Launch Internet.org to Offer Global Internet and Mobile Access

internetorg.jpgFacebook and a host of mobile partners are trying to promote Internet access for all through improved connectivity, mobility and devices. Is that a noble plan, or a marketing scheme in disguise, destined to fail among a world of vested interests? 

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